Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
February 26, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about diabetic wounds on the feet and ankles. Have you heard the saying “Time Heals All Wounds”. This may not be true for diabetic wounds. A diabetic wound or ulceration is an open sore or wound that most often occurs on the bottom of the foot. Of those with diabetes, who develop a wound on the foot, some of those wounds will become non-healing wounds due to infection or a ulcer-related complication. Statistics tell us that 14-24% of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require amputation. Dr. Reminga says, “That number is too high. Research has shown that the development of a foot ulcer IS preventable and, in my experience, can be avoided altogether due to new breakthroughs in wound care treatment.”

Foot ulcers are a common complication of poorly controlled diabetes. They form as a result of skin tissue breaking down and exposing the layers underneath. Foot ulcers are most common under the big toes and the balls of the feet. There are 29 million people in the United States that have diabetes. Anyone who has diabetes can develop a foot ulcer. Ulcers form due to a combination of factors, such as lack of feeling in the foot, poor circulation, foot deformities, irritation such as friction or pressure, and trauma, as well as duration. Patients who have had diabetes for many years can develop neuropathy, which is a reduced or complete lack of ability to feel, pain in the feet due to nerve damage caused by elevated blood glucose levels.

The diabetic patient's foot health must be monitored closely as this is often the first place that health complications can manifest. I recommend that diabetic patients, at the very least, schedule a yearly exam, at our office, to help prevent bigger problems from occurring. As Dr. Reminga mentioned in the beginning signs of foot ulcers are not always obvious.

Listen to find out more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.


By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
February 19, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about a foot condition that is referred to as flat feet, fallen arches, or overpronation. This is a common problem for many people and most people are unaware that they have this condition. Chances are that the listeners today may be no different. The reason for this is that people seldom look at their feet in the weight-bearing or standing position. You most likely tend to look at your feet when seated, in a non-weight bearing position, when your feet appear to have an arch. As soon as you stand and bear weight on your feet, flat feet or overpronation becomes evident.

What happens when someone has overpronation?
You have overpronation or flat feet when the arches on the inside of your feet are flattened, causing the entire soles of your feet to touch the floor when you stand up. Flat feet, or overpronation, can occur when the arches in the feet don’t develop during childhood. In other cases, flat feet develop after an injury or simply from the wear-and-tear stresses of aging. Many people have no symptoms associated with overpronation, while others will experience foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area. Pain may worsen with activity or when engaging in sports. Swelling along the inside of the ankle can also occur.

Can overpronation cause other foot problems to develop?
Oh yes, flat feet can cause pain, discomfort, and other foot problems such as… bunions, hammertoes, big toe joint issues, plantar fasciitis, pain in the ball of the foot, and nerve pain such as Morton’s neuroma and tarsal tunnels syndrome for example. Inflammation is also an issue because ligaments are under pressure as a result of the bones being out of line in your foot.

Listen to find out more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.


By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
February 12, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the weight we carry around each day and how our body weight affects our feet. When you think about your feet you soon realize that they are a very important part of the body. They really are a powerhouse that keeps us mobile, active and self-sufficient. Given that they bear the weight of your entire body as they carry you through your daily routine, it’s not surprising that being overweight can lead to foot problems. Studies show that there is a correlation between a person’s weight and foot pain. World Health Organization defines obesity as someone having a BMI of 30 or higher, and can result in various health issues. The correlation is that these people are more likely to develop foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis, foot pain on the ball of the foot, arch pain, and tendonitis. Knee, hip, and back pain can also result. Once the feet are affected by extra body weight the rest of the body starts to come into play due to an “off-set” of the bodies biomechanical function.

The fact is, as your weight increases, your feet have to work harder to support you. Your tissues, muscles, and bones in your feet have a greater workload. Just 5-10 pound of extra body weight can be all that it takes to cause symptoms of overuse and strain on the feet and ankles. Also, being overweight is one of the main factors that raises your risk of diabetes which can lead to reduced blood flow, gout, infection, and peripheral artery disease or PAD. According to the American Heart Association, being overweight is a preventable risk factor for peripheral artery disease.

Listen to find out more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.


By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
February 05, 2019
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In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the effects of aging on our feet. It’s no secret that our bodies change as we age. But did you know that your feet undergo changes as you grow older? The feet aren’t exempt from the effects of aging. The most noticeable change? Your feet spread and widen over the years. As you age, you may notice your shoe size changing.

What accounts for our feet spreading out as we age? Well… over the years, the tissues in our feet degenerate and the ligaments become looser which causes strain on the joints and can lead to arthritis. The degeneration of ligaments can cause feet to spread and flatten becoming wider and longer. Arthritis can take a toll on the feet as well. Rheumatoid Arthritis can change the foot’s structure by eating away at the tissues causing the bones in the feet to shift and move positions. When the foot’s integrity is compromised...the foot’s arch can flatten increasing it’s width and length. In addition, flat feet also cause the toes to spread out more contributing to a wider foot. Another change relates to weight-gain which can also increase foot size. All things considered…estimates show that feet increase as much as half a size every decade after 40. Aging feet also experience a loss of fat pads on the bottom of the feet. These fat pads serve as a natural cushion of support for the balls of the feet and the heels that protect the foot’s bones, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves. Conditions such as heel spurs can occur. A heel spur is a calcium deposit causing a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone. A lack of fat on the bottom of the feet can lead to heel spurs that cause considerable pain and discomfort.

Another change as we age is that our circulation decreases in the feet and hands. Circulation may become less efficient causing the feet and hands to become cold easily. Poor circulation can also cause tingling, cramping, and swelling. Other health issues, such as… obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes can also exacerbate poor circulation. It’s important to watch for any changes in your feet and be proactive to manage any adverse side effects as a result of the aging process.

Listen to find out more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.